Pokedex Number: #701 Type(s): Fighting/Flying (Estimated) Base Stats: 78 / 92 / 75 / 74 / 63 / 118 Abilities Unburden, Limber, and Mold Breaker Notable Moves: Roost Encore Hone Claws High Jump Kick Swords Dance Flying Press Acrobatics U-turn Bulk Up Baton Pass Hawlucha seems like it has the potentional to be a pretty solid Pokemon from what we've seen of it so far, while its stats bar Speed are nothing amazing, it has two great STABs in Fighting and Flying, High Base Power moves to go along with those STABs in the form of Acrobatics and High Jump Kick, a great boosting move in Swords Dance, Encore to grab set up opportunities, and even Unburden to make a potential Acrobatics set that much more dangerous. So far, the set below is what i think will be best on Hawlucha, but of course this could change as we find out more about it. Hawlucha @ Flying Gem Ability: Unburden EVs: 252 Atk / 4 Def / 252 Spd Adamant or Jolly Nature - Swords Dance - Acrobatics - Hi Jump Kick - Baton Pass / Encore This set aims to set up a Swords Dance by either forcing a switch or using a fast Encore to force a Pokemon into an undesirable move, then sweep using Hawlucha's high base power STABs and decent to excellent Attack and Speed stats. After a Swords Dance boost, Flying Gem Acrobatics will put a huge dent in pretty much anything that doesn't resist it, and will probably OHKO anything that isn't incredibly physically bulky (hell even physically defensive Hippowdon will take 64% min from +2 Flying Gem Acrobatics given the current estimated stat). Thankfully, most of the things that resist Acrobatics, happen to be weak to Hawlucha's 130 BP STAB High Jump Kick, making it pretty easy to get past them as long as they aren't Aegislash. As an added bonus to using Flying Gem Acrobatics, Hawlucha has a good ability in Unburden that doubles its Speed stat after its Flying Gem has been used up, making Hawlucha nearly impossible to revenge kill without a powerful priority move once it gets going. Either a jolly or Adamant nature could probably be used, Jolly gives Hawlucha a bit more Speed pre Unburden (lets it outpace positive natured base 105's and up before getting the Flying Gem boost) while Adamant gives Hawlucha a bit more power, which could be notable considering hawlucha's Attack stat, while solid, isn't anything near say Terrakion's. As for Pokemon that could check trouble, Aegislash and Eviolite Doublade stand out as the best Hawlucha counters in existence. They resist Hawlucha's Acrobatics and unlike other Steel and Rock-type Pokemon they're immune to Hi Jump Kick, stopping Hawlucha from getting past them that way. From there Aegislash and Doublade could use Hawlucha as set up bait (although Encore gets in the way of this somewhat) or just outright kill it with Iron Head/pick it off with Shadow Sneak. So any team with Hawlucha would definitely want a way to deal with these two. What else stands out as a good potential Hawlucha check? EDIT: Late but because Flying Gem is currently unreleased, the above set is currently unusable, however, there is a potential way to still get the benefit from Unburden and a full power Acrobatics via the use of a power herb, although it costs another moveslot, set below. Set (Move your mouse to reveal the content) Set (open) Set (close) Hawlucha @ Power Herb Ability: Unburden EVs: 252 Atk / 4 Def / 252 Spd Adamant or Jolly Nature - Swords Dance - Acrobatics - Hi Jump Kick - Sky Attack So what do you guys think of Hawlucha? Do you think it'll be a good choice in the X/Y Metagame? Any other sets/moves you think could work effectively on it? What could check or counter it iyo?